Faith Pins Hopes

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Faith: The Sixth Sense

Faith, Not Scientific Opinion

People often say, “I’ll believe it when I see it.” No they will not. They cannot. You can only believe, or have faith, in what you do not see. What you see is fact, and is not up for believing. If you can prove it, faith does not come into play. Nobody believes two plus two equals four. They know so.

But God wants faith. “Without faith it is impossible to please Him” (Hebrews 11:6). Jesus said, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29). Faith is the way to get God’s blessing, not the “clev­erness” that says you won’t believe anything unless you can run your tape measure round it.

This was Paul’s point in 1 Corinthians. He was familiar with the great thinkers of Greece who had discovered the certainties of mathematics. Reason worked with numbers, and they imagined it would work for everything else—including the meaning of life, the whole business of life, and God Himself. To this day, these ancient philosophers set thinkers off on a red herring trail. Paul knew what had happened, and he told the learned thinkers of Corinth that “the world through wisdom did not know God” (1 Corinthians 1:21).

Faith is based on a personal relationship, not on a mathematical equation. We know what God did yesterday, but we have to trust Him for tomorrow. There are no guarantees. In many ways, faith is akin to love. It is a heart matter. We do not decide to fall in love after weighing all the pros and cons. Couples get married on trust, not on scientific evidence or conclusive logic.

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